Volleyball Downed in Desert

Sept. 27, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Washington State volleyball team suffered a 25-10, 25-14, 25-18 loss at Arizona State Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena. This match was a nationally televised contest on Fox Sports Net which will be broadcast in the Pacific Northwest Monday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.

Arizona State moves to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in Pacific-10 Conference action. Washington State falls to 7-6 overall, 0-2 in league play.

ASU's Margie Giordano and Sarah Reaves combined for 23 kills while Giordano had the match-high 16 digs. Marina Mercer and Sonja Markanovich each had four blocks. Additionally, Mercer had 28 assists and Markanovich had a pair of aces. ASU hit .284 for the match.

WSU's Emily Rooney had a team-high six kills as the Cougs had 26 total kills to ASU's 40. Kelly Hyder had 15 digs and Brittany Johnson had three kills and three blocks. During the first set, Johnson, a senior from Phoenix, had a pair of kills, enough to push her four-year total to 1,000 career kills, making her the 10th WSU player in school history to reach the milestone. WSU did not get a service ace during the match.

ASU took a quick 7-0 lead in the first set and extended it to a 14-4 advantage, mostly on Cougar errors. The Sun Devils hit .303 on the way to the 25-10 win.

Washington State got on the board first in this set and played competitively but an ASU run of six unanswered points put the Devils up 9-7. The Cougs could not put together any strings of consecutive points while ASU forged ahead. Final score on this set was 25-14 with ASU hitting .321 and WSU in the hole at -.029.

WSU came from behind 20-13 to lace together a trio of points and play competitively briefly in the third set. But ASU out-scored the Cougs five to two to take a 25-18 win. WSU hit positively in this set, hitting .125 but the Devils were too much and took the 25-18.

'They (ASU) served well but first and foremost our passing really let us down in this match,' WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo. 'We were passing well up until this point, even at Arizona last night, today we could not pass. We prepared but we have to come out and compete better against these teams. The older players know what they are facing, they've been here before. We need to bring some energy and want to be out here competing at this level.'

Washington State hosts No. 6 Stanford and No. 8 California Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 in Bohler Gym.

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